Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/24/15
Things are looking better. I just hope the forecast is right. I do think we will get some
rain because there is a front that is going to move through. I think you will see the
conservative odds increased to 100%.

If the rain stains the water, it should only help. It should wash some terrestrials such
as ants, cranefly larvae, and beetles into the water. It should increase your odds of
hooking a good fish on a streamer. The lower air temperatures should allow you to
fish anywhere you want to fish, including the lowest elevations trout exist in.

There is one adverse possibility. It could rain enough to blow some of the streams
out. If that happens, you should fish the higher elevations because they drop out first.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
For those who may want to travel to the Smokies to fish this weekend, here is the
National Weather Service forecast through Sunday. Today, there is a 30 percent
chance of showers after 2pm. It will be partly sunny with a high near 79. Tonight,
expect showers, mainly after 8pm. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday, expect showers with a high near 71. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers. It will be mostly cloudy with a high
near 73.

Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers. The high will be near 77.



Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
the links to see updates
:

Little River: Rate: 30 cfs at 1.02 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 100 cfs at 0.90 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 19 cfs at 2.04 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is flowing low, well below a normal level.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
Hazel and other streams draining into Cherokee Lake are low, well below normal.

Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the middle to higher elevations. It is going to be in the high seventies today,
so except for early in the morning, I suggest you avoid the lowest elevations.

Recommended Trout Flies:

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Blue-winged olives: 18/20 and 14
(Little BWOs,
Acentrella, Diphetor 20/18's and Eastern BWOs, Drunella 14s
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
emergers

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
nymphs
adults

Little Yellow Quills: 16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
nymphs
adults

Mahogany Duns: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Inch Worms: Hook size : 10/12/14

Green/Tan/Orange Hoppers: 10/12

Black Carpenter Ants: 16/18

Japanese Beetles: 16/14

Recommended Fishing Strategy:
Keep in mind, the strategies I am recommending is for the maximum odds
of catching numbers of fish. Many prefer or favor a dry fly and by all means there
isn't anything wrong with that. It's just a fact that if nothing is hatching at the time, it
reduces your odds of success. You can still probably hook some trout, just not as
many as if you fish subsurface. Of course, this is also based on using good
techniques and the right flies. Some guys don't know how to fish below the surface.

Strategy:
If you fished the day or two before and know where something is hatching, fish the
nymph or larva stage of it. If you haven't fished the day or two before, until I spotted
something hatching, I would fish the Slate Drake nymph. They are big swimming
nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are still hatching. If you spot
something else hatching (coming off the water), it will most likely be a Cream Cahill or
Little Yellow Quill. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the
insect.

When the Slate Drakes, Mahogany Duns, and BWOs are hatching, there will be a
spinner fall late in the day. Often, you can catch more trout fishing the spinner fall
quicker than you can during the hatch. Change to the spinner imitation of the mayfly.

Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching, but of course, these hatches take place during
the evenings. All stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch. Fishing a Little Yellow
Stonefly nymph, very late in the afternoon near sunset should produce. If you see
the stoneflies depositing their eggs on the surface of the water, switch to the adult
imitation of the stonefly.


Tips for Beginners:
Don't let anyone intimidate you by contending that fly fishing is more difficult to learn
and master than other types of fishing. It isn't.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
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James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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